Ricky Gervais gets fired up in debate about God

Comedian Ricky Gervais went head to head with talk show host Stephen Colbert about religion.
The two men battle it out over God. Image: Youtube

British comedian Ricky Gervais has gone where no polite guest is ever meant to go: the subject of religion.

Ricky was appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when the host, who is a devote Catholic, asked him about his views on God.

In the past, Ricky has made no secret of his atheist beliefs and he certainly wasn’t backing down last night digging his heels in to try to convince Stephen that science trumps faith.

When asked by Stephen why he believed in science over God, Ricky said he understands the need for people to put their faith in something bigger than what we can see, but since no one can prove God exists, he doesn’t want a bar of it.

The crux of his argument came down to this: if we destroyed every copy of the Bible, the stories in it would not reappear thousands of years later in the same form. However, if we destroyed every piece of scientific evidence we have, it could still be proven with the same results in a thousand years time.

Sounds like a good reason, right? However, once the video was uploaded online it quickly went viral with people siding for or against him and madly typing their own retorts.

“Gervais’s point is actually wrong… any study of myths and religion shows that the same themes are picked up over and over again,” one commenter wrote. “The embellishments and aesthetics may vary, but the foundational truths trying to find expression don’t. What atheists who tout science as the bane of religion don’t realise is that the two occupy completely different realms. They may both try to explain the world, but they do with differing goals. Science will never quantify dignity, regard, history, sacrifice or pertinence.”

Over the past couple of decades, religion seems to have become less important to the new generations coming through. A lot of baby boomers also say they have lost their faith over time.

So how do you feel about this? Check out Ricky’s argument and tell us if he convinced you!

Do you believe in God or something else beyond our world? Is religion a part of your life?

  1. Jack  

    In my opinion there is NO ‘God’. If people are silly enough to believe in a ‘God’
    then they are undoubtedly believing in a vile, malignant and totally evil monster
    that has been creating nothing but death, plagues and destruction for millenniums.
    ‘God-fearing’ says it all sadly … ie: what’s the next disaster this ABOMINATION will
    inflict on the World ?

  2. Geoff  

    Jack nails it precisely. If recorded life to date is all “God’s Will” then; Who in their right mind would choose to worship a person who permits the slaughter of innocents and the very abuse of them in his own name. His son cast the money-lenders off the steps of the Temples but now this Omnipotent Deity refuses to look inside. God himself in fact defies belief. There is only science and to date a mostly very screwed up humanity. I ‘imagine’ John Lennon was very right.

  3. Beryl Bartacek  

    Has he ever been in love? Can he prove it? Our world works very well for us. In the ground are all the materials we need for space travel. Is that a coincidence? Disasters are the result of geological formation, earthquakes etc.There is plenty of food for all but greedy people do not share. Stop trying, one day you will know

  4. Pamela  

    Psalm 14:1
    The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

    1 Corinthians 2:14
    But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    • Robert Green  

      Good on you. These atheists are so afraid of the consequences of sin and the fact they know in their heart there really is a God they do all they can to obliterate Him from their lives and all those about them. Psalm 14:1 says it all.

    • That Corinthians is a really great verse. Romans 1:20 says “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
      I’m looking forward to teaching more people about God. I actually put together a little compilation of verses and analysis last week called “God’s reliability, trustworthiness, and care for your life” that I think you might find really valuable. Just click on my name to see it if you’re interested.

      • Guy Flavell  

        Sam, Romans 1:20 is just a load of mumbo jumbo … what the hell is a “Godhead” ?
        If your “God” has “eternal powers” then why doesn’t He try to do something even
        remotely beneficial for humanity rather than his usual abhorrent activities ? There is
        NO God other than a malignant and malevolent ‘spirit’ that you all foolishly worship.

  5. Jack  

    Pamela and Robert … you are both spouting UTTER GARBAGE. Would either of you like
    to give me a list of say, 3 or 4 remarkable events that your so-called wonderful God has
    achieved over the past 200 years ? I could fire back with at least 500 dreadful events and
    only be scratching the surface. Your Bible does preach that we should all be good unto others
    and this commendable, BUT it also rants about ‘God’s retribution’ for those who don’t follow
    his instructions. Anyone who slavishly follows this rubbish obviously has an extremely low
    level of intellect and lives in a mindless ‘Dreamland’. Nobody really needs your pathetic ‘God’
    crutch to survive in the modern World … just a conscience and a desire to be a good person.

  6. Here’s the thing. Debates like these have always be heated. If we keep coming to the table being OVERzealous, there will be no progress. I’m a Biblical researcher, and an engineer in college. God & science are not only compatible, they are mutually asserting. The problem is, few people are willing to learn enough about the other point of view to have a meaningful conversation that highlights the similarities. I was impressed by the amiability of these two in this interview.

    • Guy Flavell  

      All you pathetic ‘God’ lovers are remarkably quiet about this article. Could it be that
      you have absolutely no answers to the questions raised ? … apart from spouting some
      meaningless and irrelevant quotes from your stupid bible. The only good thing bibles
      can be used for is propping up a table that has a lurch.

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